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Cameron Johnston a Ray Guy Award semifinalist

Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 11:40 AM EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) -- Just eight games and a mere 26 punts into his
collegiate football career and Ohio State's Cameron Johnston is one of
10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is awarded to the nation's
best punter. The Augusta Sports Council released the names of its 10
semifinalists Friday after receiving 85 nominations from around the
country.

The candidates were evaluated on their overall
statistics and their contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was
placed on the punter's net average, percentage of total punts inside the
20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

Johnston,
who arrived in the United States from Geelong, Australia, in June, has
helped the Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten in net punting average
(40.0). Ohio State is also fifth nationally in opponent punt return
average (1.5 yards per return) and Ohio State has allowed the fewest
returns nationally two and the third-fewest return yards (three).

The
5-11, 190-pound freshman Johnston currently ranks second in the nation
in percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (61.5 percent) and
he ranks third nationally in percentage of punts downed inside the 10
(26.9 percent). He has also had 15 of his 26 punts fair caught.

Pct. Punts Downed Inside the 20
Source: FBS Sports Information Directors
1.    .667           Will Johnson, Texas State (16 of 24)
2.    .615           Cameron Johnston, Ohio State  (16 of 26)
3.    .541           Richie Leone, Houston (20 of 37)
4.    .489           Michael Palardy, Tennessee (23 of 47)
5.    .468           Mike Sadler, Michigan State (22 of 47)

Pct. Punts Downed Inside the 10
Source: FBS Sports Information Directors
1.    .319           Mike Sadler, Michigan State (15 of 47)
2.    .219           Will Johnson, Texas State (7 of 24)
3.    .269           Cameron Johnston, Ohio State (7 of 26)
4.    .268           Will Scott, Troy (11 of 41)
5.    .255           Michael Palardy, Tennessee (12 of 47)

Johnstons
efforts were particularly notable in the win over Wisconsin. He punted
six times and had five downed inside the 10 with a sixth downed inside
the 20. The Badgers starting field position after each of his punts was
their own 10, 9, 5, 8, 16, and 10. His final punt was most impressive: a
55-yarder downed at the 10 with 1:29 left to play in a one-score ball
game.

The Big Ten Conference named Johnston its special teams player of the week for his efforts that week.

The
winner of the Ray Guy Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot
College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec. 12. Three finalists will be
announced Nov. 25.

Information from Ohio State Buckeyes

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Getty ImagesCameron Johnston a Ray Guy Award semifinalist


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